Warren Lee Hill executed in Georgia after U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal

Warren Lee Hill Jr.

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia on Tuesday executed a man whose attorneys say is intellectually challenged, according to WXIA-TV.

Warren Lee Hill Jr., 54, was executed for the August 1990 slaying of a fellow inmate. Hill was serving a life sentence for murdering his girlfriend in 1986, according to state officials and media reports.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a last-minute request to stay the execution. Earlier Tuesday, Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied a clemency request.

“The clemency board missed an opportunity to right a grave wrong,” Hill’s attorney, Brian Kammer, said in a statement Tuesday.

Hill was sentenced to death for the 1990 murder of Joseph Handspike. His execution was delayed in 2012 and 2013.

Tuesday’s execution was Georgia’s second of 2015. Earlier this month, the state executed Andrew Howard Brannan for the January 1998 slaying of 22-year-old Kyle Dinkheller, a Laurens County sheriff’s deputy.

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